Father's Day Word Puzzles for Tigers, Tiger Moms, and Cubs: Squared Squares
What words would you use to describe your father, if you could express a quotable quote? The words of celebrities may be more noticeable than what you and I might have to say, but their words are not necessarily more meaningful - until you know more of the story behind the story.
Father's Day is upon us, and you can spend some quality time with Dad working these word puzzles to discover what some celebrities have had to say about their own fathers or about the meaning of fatherhood. It's time to show Dad just how much you love him and just how much he means to you! So, spend some extra-special time together, if you can: play his favorite games, work on a project, talk about the things you never knew about him before or the lessons he has learned in his life. Maybe you can make a great word puzzle out of some of his sayings, too!
In these Squared Squares puzzles, you simply fill in the letters that belong in each section of the grid. Start with what is obvious and easy to complete, using the number of letters in each cluster as a guide. Pay attention to the way the bits of words extend from one sub-section into another to start creating recognizable words and phrases. You can deduce a lot from partial words that have been filled in and before long you will have uncovered some very interesting statements. (Notice especially the words that begin on one line and continue on the next one.)
Have fun working these with your Papa! (All solutions are at the end of the Hub.)
Squared Squares #1 for Father's Day
Dawn French, British actress, writer, comedienne, and promoter of fashionable clothing for large women, says her self-confidence came from her father. Even though he himself suffered from severe depression (which he managed to hide from his children) and committed suicide when Dawn was 19, his daily affirmations of her innate worth and value to him gave her a sense of believing in herself that has helped to make her a highly successful creative talent.
Even if you don't recognize her name, you may have seen her as the hilarious, tipsy landlady Mrs. Crupp in the BBC production of David Copperfield (1999) or as the "Fat Lady" (guarding the entrance to Gryffindor) in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004); or you may have heard her as the voice of Mrs. Beaver in The Chronicles of Narnia: the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (2005) or as the voice of Mrs. Forcible in Coraline (2009).
Once you know who she is, you are not likely to forget Dawn French, and you will probably become an ardent fan, as I have done. And that is largely because of a loving father who knew how to give his daughter something that he himself needed.
Squared Squares #2 for Father's Day
It's hard to choose just one of the amazing Bridges acting family as a favorite. But Jeff, fantastic actor, songwriter, illustrator, and all-round over-achiever, certainly rates right on up there.
As a film star and creative talent extraordinaire, Jeff Bridges has been acclaimed for his ability to make a "despicable character someone you want to be around." On a lighter note, he also has what some say is possibly the "most entertaining celebrity website on the internet."
During the 2005 San Sebastian Film Festival, he was interviewed for The Telegraph about his film The Door in the Floor. In the report of that interview his acting was described as technical but also spontaneous, organic but also meticulous – like a magician pulling a rabbit out of a hat or (from another article) like a diamond with no flaws.
But to him acting is, in large part, "just pretending" in a situation where "[y]ou get to work with these other great make-believers, all making believe as hard as they can." His father's attitude on the set, described in the puzzle quote, apparently rubbed off on Jeff, because his positive, laid-back personality has garnered him a reputation as one of the most likeable men in Hollywood, a pleasure to work with, and (per The New Yorker) simply "the best actor alive."
Squared Squares #3 for Father's Day
Thank You to Haunty
Here's a special word of thanks! to fellow Hubber Haunty, who helped to track down the source of some of these quotes as well as others not included here.
You can check out some great quotes in his Hubs - quotes on life, love, inspiration, and more.
When Madonna was interviewed for Time magazine early in her musical career, she offered a deep, loving glimpse into her large family of origin. Her father's parents had come to North America from Italy; her father may have been the only one of his siblings to earn a college education, later working in optics and as a defense engineer. He wanted better for his children than he had grown up with.
His encouragement and structure for them took many forms, including the practice of paying them for good grades. (Madonna became a straight-A student.) He also arranged for music and/or dance lessons for all of his children, every day. That was perfect for Madonna. She said dance class was like a gathering for hyperactive young girls.
But even with his support and encouragement throughout her childhood, her father didn't see how anyone could earn a living by dancing or singing, and he did not encourage it. In fact, he didn't actually understand her phenomenal international success at first, until he started hearing her songs on the radio.
In many ways, Madonna left behind a great deal of what her father represented. But she also had the ability to admire and appreciate the good things he had contributed to her life and success. Isn't that admiration actually what all fathers want?
Squared Squares #4 for Father's Day
This quote from Deion Sanders is very moving, affective, touching. What a great goal for any father – what a way to hit it out of the park! Deion Sanders is one of the great athletes of our era, starring in both football and baseball, and for him to put such high value and importance on being a good father certainly captures our attention.
But is he being honest in this statement, though? Certainly he seems to want to act fatherly in real life, even beyond the bounds of his own lovely family – serving as mentor to other sports figures, coaching, advising, and encouraging. He even tried at one point to adopt a young football player.
But the internet is overflowing with skepticism about his motives, with some commentators believing he has taken on the task of mentoring for ego, money, or power. His supporters point out the positive influence he is exerting, by teaching, through caring, by providing structure and guidelines and tough love.
The fact is, fathers are not perfect humans and their motives are sometimes muddled. And if one imperfect father can offer the right kind of encouragement to other struggling fathers out there, then I say he's hit a home run and I'm happy to cheer him on.